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Geo.X Young Academy Talk Series from Museum für Naturkunde (MfN)

  Scientific Talks

Date: Friday, 5th February 2021, 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Due to the current situation it will be held as an online event via Zoom. Access details below. 

Host: Rebecca Rolph (AWI), on behalf of the Geo.X Young Academy

Speakers: Geo.X fellows presenting their work, details on topics below

Andrea Briega Álvarez

Title: Conservation strategies along time: from species and hot-spots to evolutionary meaningful ecosystems.

Description:Traditionally, conservation strategies have been focused on hot-spots (places with high species richness, most of them placed in the tropics). This talk will explore the importance of employing additional conservation criteria (e.g. functional diversity, ecosystems, evolutionary history) and a brief overview to the methods that we could employ to achieve an effective preservation of biodiversity beyond taxonomy.


Carl Reddin

Title: Past and present: how does climate change determine marine extinctions and extirpations

Description: The fossil record is a unique chronicle of how animals responded to climate changes of the past, which may offer a preview of future effects of anthropogenic climate change. My research aims to set this record to work to inform modern issues, particularly for ecological responses that are expressed geographically or in extinction risk.


Faysal Bibi

Title: Exploration of Deep Morphospace: Promises, Problems, and Challenges

Description: Digitization of museum collections and advances in 3D geometric morphometrics are opening new possibilities in the science of evolutionary morphology. However, our major current challenges are the automated analysis of large numbers of specimens, incorporation of fossils, and comparisons of widely disparate branches on the tree of life. This talk will explore these themes through my ongoing work.


Access to the zoom meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/97891484486